Srinagar Tourism
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Srinagar Tourism

Srinagar Info

  • State: Jammu & Kashmir
  • Famous for/as: Hill
  • Altitude: 1585 m
  • Pincode: 190001
  • District: Srinagar
  • Language: Hindi,Urdu
  • STD code: 0194
  • Weather: Summer 14 to 30°C, Winter -2 to 14°C

History of Srinagar

Srinagar being the summer capital of the state of Jammu and Kashmir is situated on the banks of Jhelum River. The city of Srinagar is one of India’s popular tourist attractions because of its historic gardens, beautiful houseboats, meandering river and pleasant climate. Srinagar is packed with enthralling valleys and surrounded by lush green hills.

The city of Srinagar was founded almost 2000 years ago, by King Pravarasena II. After the emergence of Mauryan Empire, they took over Kashmir and the then Mauryan emperor, Ashoka introduced Buddhism in Srinagar. After the rule of Mauryas, Srinagar was under the influence of many other territories, religions and political backgrounds.

People and Culture of Srinagar

Srinagar has a blend of many religion and culture. Though Islam is the most prevalent religion in Srinagar, Hinduism and Buddhism are also widespread in the city. Kashmiri language is widely spoken and the Kashmiri Pandits speak in Hindi.

Ramzan, Eid, Kheer Bhawani Festival, Navroz and many other festivals are celebrated with great pomp and show. Tulip Festival is also the main festival that is celebrated here.

Things to Do in Srinagar

There are many places to see in Srinagar and hence the city has lots of tourists all year round. Dal Lake, popularly called ‘Srinagar’s Jewel’ is one of the popular sightseeing in Srinagar. The placid Dal Lake is famous for its houseboats and it acts like a mirror to the misty snow capped Peak of Pir Panjal Mountains. Mughal Gardens is one of the must visit Srinagar attractions. The garden has fountains, flower beds and terraced lawns which make it all the more pretty.

From the list of places to visit in Srinagar, Amarnath Cave is one of the prime attractions. Said to be 5000 years old, the cave is dedicated to Lord Shiva and one of the religious places for the Hindus. Other Srinagar places to visit are Yousmarg, Shankaracharya Temple and Nishat Bagh. The list never really ends when it comes to Srinagar tourist places.

Food and Shopping  in Srinagar

Besides Srinagar sightseeing, there are other things to do in Srinagar. When it comes to food, Sheermal and Baqerkhani are must haves. These breads are served in almost all bakeries around Srinagar. You must also not leave the city without having tasted the traditional meal of Srinagar called Wazawan.

For all those who are into shopping, Srinagar has lots in store for you. Pashmina shawls, handmade carpets, papier mache products, antiques, saffron are some of the must buys from the city. Many of the shops in the main city of Srinagar sell these items.

Accommodation  in Srinagar

For transport options and how to reach Srinagar, travellers have lots of alternatives! One can choose to travel to Srinagar by train, by flight, by bus or by train depending on your budget and preferences. There is no scarcity of accommodation in Srinagar as well. One can opt to stay in the famous houseboats or accommodate in hotels, guesthouses or resorts. There are a number of hotels in Srinagar that are in close vicinity of famous places in Srinagar. Plan Srinagar tour early this season and book a place of accommodation well in advance.



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Kailash agrawal

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  • Kailash agrawal
  • 1 Review
  •  3 helpful votes
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"Must visit" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Kashmir is a heaven in India, and every one should go to see heaven alive.

In Kashmir there are three places to visit.

1) Srinagar
2) Pahalgam
3) Gulmarg

In Kashmir hand work clothes are very nice.

Kahwa is special tea.

Apples, cherries, strawberries and saffron are also special.

Must do pony ride (horse ride) in Gulmarg and Pahalgam.
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Sripriya ravi

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  • Sripriya ravi
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"Must visit" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Srinagar was perhaps a great destination years ago, but has capitulated to metro developments. The dal lake retains an old world charm and is a beautiful sight at night. Drive away into the mountains towards yousmarg, pahalgam or gulmarg for experiencing the paradise on earth effect!

Must do - shikara ride, dal lake walk and night view. Relax in the mughal gardens. Shankaracharya temple is a must visit to see the entire valley and the snaking of jhelum and dal lake.

For shopping visit the lambert lane and residency road junction.

You get good food almost everywhere along the dal lake.
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Atmjeet kumar

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"Really like heaven on earth" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Everything about Srinagar is so natural and heavenly.

The university campus is one of the most beautiful in the world, with lots of flowers, carved trees, apple trees and amazing hill view. The evening boat tour in Dal lake with two side snow peaks is awesome experience. There are many beautiful Mughal gardens (Nishat, Shalimar, Chashme Shahi, Botanical) around Dal lake along with art and craft places.

Must visit places: Dal lake boat tour, Botanical garden, Nishat garden, Kashmir university campus, Hazratbal dargah, Hari Fort.

Places to dine: Shamyana Restaurant (Specially Roghan Josh), Ahdoos, Stream.

Shopping: Emporium (the government fixed price shop), Villages in lake tour (discounted price woolen items).

Advices: For fort visit at least one day in advance permission is required along with the tickets.

Gulmarg visit: Online tickets for cable car to reach at peak should be booked in advance to avoid rush or no service.

Sonamarg Visit: Take full dress (100/150 per person) and prefer to trek. Very easy and scenic. For those who can't walk, prefer pony and negotiate for roughly 500/pony till the last point.
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Harvinder Ahlawat

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  • Harvinder Ahlawat
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"Nice trip" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
We have only booked our flights through makemytrip and it was very good experience. We booked hotel CH2 Srinagar and the same was also good. Best experience was Shikara ride at Dal Lake and Mughal gardens. Gondola ride was booked for 1st phase but there was no snow, only 2nd phase is worth to visit. Total trip was good.
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Utpal kant

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  • Utpal kant
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"Paradise on earth" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Srinagar, Gulmarg, Pahalgam, Sonmarg a holiday paradise. A awesome place to visit. Paradise on earth. Simply awesome. It was a memorable 5 days trip. I strongly recommend everyone to visit at least one time. Fall in love with meadows, valley, glacier, snowfall, apple garden, Flowers, fresh air.
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Amjad Qureshi

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  • Amjad Qureshi
  • Lives in Mumbai
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"Had a great time" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
We had a great time there. It is like heaven on earth, what beauty and too good weather. Lovely people and nice food. Must visit once a year. Wish, I had lots of money, I would love to go every time. My kids love the place. And the dal lake is mind blowing. The shikara ride and beautiful flowers and beautiful girls and lovely sight seeing.
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Raghu Babu

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"An average experience" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Srinagar is a place very nice, in summer also it was cool. People are very nice, cooperative and helping. But problem every where, military and local people seems not happy with military. We are worried on last day as agitations and curfew imposed about ban on beef, Tourist taxis giving high priority by locals as well as military.
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Nivedita das

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"A city of beautiful gardens and natural beauty"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
I visited Srinagar with my family for few days. After arrival we visited the famous Dal lake in Shikara. Then we went to visit Nishant garden, tulip garden, Shalimar bagh and many more gardens. The views are magnificent and absolutely stunning. People are very friendly and down to earth and very helping in nature. A must visit. Would love to visit again.
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Rakesh Ippili

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  • Rakesh Ippili
  • Lives in Visakhapatnam
  • 4 Reviews
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"Beautiful spot"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
I was here last summer with my wife, parents and few family friends. It's an amazing place to be during summer in India. Ideally one of the best escapes. The food here is amazing and the people are friendly too. This place is pretty cold and has some beautiful lakes and gardens.
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"Must visit at least once in lifetime"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Up in Himalayas. Very far away located, dal lake is main attraction of Srinagar of Jammu and Kashmir. Pristine clear? No, this is stagnant water with all sort of weeds and smells. Yet the view is breathtaking. Naturally hearts sing 'taarif karu kya uski'. Nature is precious and that's in abundance at Srinagar.

Chowk or better known as Lal chowk is worth visiting for shop around. Char chinar look so beautiful. Boat-ride is ultimately joyful. At midnight cuppa coffee at hotel across lake is delicious. And reflected image of historical mosque is so picturesque that I was dumbstruck. Yes this is true that if there's heaven on earth, that's here and here only. Must visit at least once in lifetime.
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